Kitchen Social gives children and young people a safe place to go during the school holidays where they can socialise, make new friends and get a healthy FREE meal.
The programme is about so much more than just food. It looks at general mental and physical well-being and social integration. Additional benefits include learning about healthy eating, skills development, social inclusion, identification of children and young people in need and the development of staff, volunteers and local capacity.
To date, we have engaged 110 community hubs across 23 boroughs and provided more than 58,880 meals to over 12,590 children and young people during the school holidays. Youth clubs, schools, faith groups, adventure playgrounds and community centres across London are among those delivering the programme.
“I learned how to be creative with food and tried so many new dishes, like bean curry, which I would never have had before”– Young Person
“We had an 18 year old living in a hostel and noticed she was eating the available food with appetite; this grabbed our attention and we discovered the difficult situation she was living in and her food insecurity. We assisted her assuring she gets help through the correct services“ – Youth Worker
“My children benefited so much, they played sports, which means they got lots of exercise whilst having fun” – Parent
“I learned how to cook on a large scale and encouraged parents to change in terms of meals they provided at home” – Youth Worker
“We learned it’s actually fun to eat healthy” – Young Person
“700,000 children are living in poverty in London and therefore are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays. Any hunger among children in a city as prosperous as London is simply not acceptable. I therefore give my full support to Kitchen Social.”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
If you would like more information or have a question about the programme, please contact us using the form below and one of the team will be in touch.